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September 22, 2021
Biden says he doesn't think $15 minimum wage will 'survive' in his Covid-19 relief proposal

Biden says he doesn’t think $15 minimum wage will ‘survive’ in his Covid-19 relief proposal

“I put it in, but I don’t think it’s going to survive,” Biden told “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” in excerpts of an interview that aired Friday. The interview with CBS is his first for network television since taking office and the full interview will air on Sunday.

The President, who campaigned on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, said he was prepared “on a separate negotiation on minimum wage, to work my way up.”

“No one should work 40 hours a week and live below the poverty wage. And if you’re making less than $15 an hour, you’re living below the poverty wage.”

Both chambers of Congress on Friday passed a budget resolution that sets the stage for Democrats to be able to use a process known as “budget reconciliation” to pass Biden’s sweeping Covid-19 relief bill on a party-line vote.

Biden has said he is¬†willing to go forward¬†without the support of Republicans, but has said he’s willing to make certain concessions if it will earn bipartisan support.

A bipartisan deal is his preference, the President has said, but he has stressed the need to pass immediate and substantial relief to address the pandemic and economic crisis gripping the nation.

The President’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief proposal to Congress includes $1,400 stimulus checks and more aid for the unemployed, the hungry and those facing eviction. It includes increased funding for vaccinations and testing, and additional support for small businesses, states and local governments.

Democratic lawmakers have pushed for years to raise the minimum wage, which now stands at $7.25 and hasn’t been increased since 2009.

This story is breaking and will be updated.